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Gossip Girl casting director David Rapaport talked about the Gossip Girl spin-off centered on Serena’s mother, Lily van der Woodsen, with a pilot who starred Brittany snow and Kristen Ritter. “I remember for that dakota johnson came in and Rooney Maraand many other women who are now celebrities but didn’t have that kind of stature back then,” he recalled of the casting process.

He told host Jessica Szohr, “And you know who did the best read for that? I’ll tell you, because I think you’re friends with Nina Dobrevit was one of the best auditions I’ve ever seen, and for this role in particular.”

David said he called the channel and told them, “He’s a super star.” As he recalled on the podcast years later, “She doesn’t look like Kelly Rutherford, because she was supposed to be a young Kelly Rutherford, so I don’t know how we would choose her, but she has to be on your radar and you have to find something for her. I just remember thinking, ‘I’m going to think about this girl in a few years and be like, ‘Oh my god, I missed this opportunity.’ She was so amazing!”

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